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On one hectare of land gifted by the Waitangi National Trust, Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc. constructed Te Atarauarangihaeata, an international monument to the sport and all it represents, which was opened earlier this year.
Suzi Luff, Trustpower Community Relations Coordinator

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 8th July at a function at the Castle Duo Cinema in Kaikohe. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc. received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc. now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in Invercargill and Southland regions in March 2014.

In total, TrustPower has presented over $5,000 to various community groups through the night’s Awards. 

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Suzi Luff says Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc. has developed a community asset with so much potential for the region and for the nation. 

“Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc, the youth cultural and sporting leadership group that uses principles connected to the sport’s traditional values, wanted to enhance their community by giving something back in synergy with the wider community. And they did this by constructing New Zealand’s first fully carved ki-o-rahi field. 

On one hectare of land gifted by the Waitangi National Trust, Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Inc. constructed Te Atarauarangihaeata, an international monument to the sport and all it represents, which was opened earlier this year. 

The timeline behind the project was extensive and busy, but always moving forward. It allowed school children to work alongside kaumatua across various components of the project. It has given iwi from around the country a template for installing their own ki-o-rahi fields. And most excitingly, it will encourage cultural sports tourism as a genuine prospect for development. 

This community group and its voluntary efforts has meant that Te Atarauarangihaeata is a gift to the nation and legacy for future generations,” says Suzi. 

 Fifty groups were entered into this year’s TrustPower Far North Community Awards. 

Other recipients at tonight’s TrustPower Far North Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Runner-Up: Taipa Beach Improvement Society
Winner: Focus Paihia Community Trust 

 Health and Well Being
Commendation: Foster Hope Northland
Runner-Up: Kaikohe/Umawera St John
Winner: Nga Mahi mo te Tangata Trust 

Arts and Culture
Commendation: Nga Kaikaranga o Te Uri o Tai
Runner-Up: Ceili @ Mangonui
Winner: Kaikohe Community Arts Council 

Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: North Hokianga Junior Sports Club
Winner: BaySport Inc. 

Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Kaikohe A, P & H Society Inc.
Winner: The Ones with Pencils 

Supreme Winner
Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho Incorporated 

Youth Spirit
Winner: Abigail Foster, Springbank School
Runner-Up: Owen Peters, Kaitaia College
Finalist: Vandana Bandi, Kaitaia Abundant Life School
Finalist: Monita Skipworth, Okaihau College
Finalist: Sian Morgan, Kerikeri High School 

For more information or for photos of the winners please contact:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator

Phone

(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894